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Chive Blossom Vinegar

The first spring after we purchased our house I was excited to walk around the yard and see what the previous owner had left behind in the garden.  One of the surprises was a large area of chives up against the foundation of the sun room. This year I finally got to take advantage of the beautiful blossoms along with the chives themselves.  I searched ideas and decided to make some chive blossom infused vinegar. I snipped the blossoms right beneath the flower and then I gave them a good rinse to lose any hitchhiking critters.  They went for a ride in the salad spinner and then I added them to a quart jar.  I had read conflicting information on whether to heat up the vinegar or not, in the end I didn't.  I used plain white vinegar because it's what I had on hand, champagne vinegar would also be nice. Make sure that you use a chopstick or skewer to get everything down underneath the vinegar. I used about 24 ounces. I used a plastic lid. I've read that the traditional metal lid
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